DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1636 Heywood, Thomas Love's Mistress, or The Queen's Masque (Cupid and Psyche, or Cupid's Mistress)

Reference Information

DEEP #: 849
Greg #: 504a(*)
STC/Wing #: 13352
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Classical Legend
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 46
Date of First Publication: 1636
Date of First Production: 1634
Company of First Production: Queen Henrietta Maria's Men
Company Attribution: Queen Henrietta Maria's Men
Total Editions: 3 quartos
Variants: The are two settings of the outer form of sheet B, one of which exists in two states. Greg 504a(*) contains "Loues" in the HT and an inverted initial "H" on B1r. In some copies, B1r is mis-signed "A" and the RT reads "Loues" on B2v and B4v; in other copies, the signature was changed to "B" and the RT to "Loves." Greg 504a(†) contains "Loves" in the HT on B1r, and the initial "H" is the right way up. See also Greg 504a(†)

Title-Page Features

Title: Loves Maistresse: OR, The Queens Masque.
Author: Written by THOMAS HEYWOOD.
Performance: As it was three times presented before their two Excellent MAIESTIES, within the space of eight dayes; In the presence of sundry Forraigne AMBASSADORS. Publikely Acted by the QUEENS Comœdians, At the Phœnix in Drury-lane.
Latin Motto: Aut prodesse solent, aut delectare.———
Imprint: LONDON, Printed by Robert Raworth, for Iohn Crowch; and are to bee sold by Iasper Emery, at the signe of the Eagle and Child, In Pauls Church-yard. 1636.

Paratextual Material

Dedication: "The Epistle Dedicatory" to: Edward Sackville, 4th Earl of Dorset; from: Thomas Heywood [A1r]
To the Reader: "To the Reader" signed "Tho. Heywood" [A2r]
Character List: "Drammatis Personæ" [A4v]

Stationer Information

Printer: Raworth, Robert
Publisher: Crouch, John
Bookseller: Emery, Jasper
Imprint Location: A.7 (Paul's Churchyard - Southeast)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Sep 30, 1635: Entered to John Crouch: "a play called The Queenes Maske or Loues Mistresse by mr Haywood".